Monday, July 14, 2014


This week was so fun! We got to go on two big adventures!

The first one was last Monday. For our P-day we went on an adventure to a national park in the jungle. SO cool! We didn't have enough time to go see any waterfalls but we had a blast anyways.
To get to this massive cliff/view we had to cross over 16 little bridges over super deep crevices. It was beautiful!

Then we worked for a few days.

Then we went up back into the mountains for a national YSA activity! We led an activity and were there just to support all of them. I got to see several of my recent converts. And guess what they all said. "Elder. You've gotten fatter." I'm glad I've developed relationships like that with my converts that they feel comfortable enough to tell me I'm fatter. Or maybe that's just Thai culture? Wait, yes it is. Everyone will tell you you're fat. There's even a member here and her name literally means chubby. Yeah, I love Thailand.

I also got to play Foosball with President and Sister Senior. Guess who won? We did. And it was with a goalie shot across the table! So much fun!

So work wise; we basically cleaned out our investigator pool. Nobody is picking up their phones, keeping commitments, or came to church even though they said they would. So, we will go out and find new people who are willing to keep commitments and who want to be baptized. 

That's what's so cool about this mission. It somebody doesn't want to be baptized, we just don't teach them. We don't have time to. I'd rather teach one person who actually wants to get baptized and is willing to change his or her life to do so than to teach 200 people who are interested in family history work, or temples, or want to know more about the Bible, or anything for that matter. Because we're looking for those who are humble and in a preparation to hear the word. These type of people are willing to change their lives. The mission has baptized 1,055 people like this from January to June, and the goals and visions are only raising. This month the mission goal is four baptisms per companionship. 

At our last training we were encouraged to do the impossible; to increase quantity and quality. Not just one of them. Both. Because, yet again, "with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible".

The entire mission is now consecrating itself, one Elder and Sister at a time. I feel that we understand that every blessing that comes from heaven comes because we were obedient to a certain law or commandment. So as our entire mission has been purifying itself and becoming more obedient in the small things, we are seeing miracles.

"Yea, he that repenteth, and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing... it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance." I believe that with all my heart.

Elder Osborn

Pictures: Our first adventure into the mountains!

So, remember that song, "I'm trying to be like Jesus, I'm following in His ways"?
I thought of that song and started singing as we sanded these pieces of wood for the YSA activity.

Transporting them was also pretty interesting.

 Now this is the YSA activity. a service project at an orphanage and some games.

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